Dresser Transformation with Spray Paint

Today I am going to show you how to quickly transform a piece of furniture using spray paint. I needed a piece of furniture for my office/my wife’s craft area that had plenty of storage and that was large enough to fill an  area on the wall below my guitars. When looking for that perfect piece of furniture I needed something low to the floor (because of my guitars would be hanging above) and either a lot of shelf space or several drawers. Do you see that massive void?

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I am an avid thrift shopper. I visited the local Good Samaritans on one of my many breaks and found this beaut (next to that portable toilet haha). Best of all it was only $20. I love the mid century style and thought it would be a great piece if I updated it just a little.

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The first thing I did was remove all the hardware and puttied all the holes and cracks.IMG_1053I then removed all the drawers and sanded all the surface with a light grit sandpaper. I then used TSP to wipe away all the debris. The next step wasn’t a necessity but I did it anyway. I taped up all the inside edges that way the overspray wouldn’t get on the inside of the dresser.
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On spray paint I always use the more expensive brands like Rustoleum or Valspar.  You can definitely tell when you use the cheap stuff so don’t be a tight wad because you will regret it in the long run! I used a Valspar white primer and did 2 coats for the base.
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I then used a Valspar Black Gloss spray paint and sprayed 2 coats to finish off the dresser. When everything was dry I reinstalled the hardware and moved the dresser into my home office space.  I contemplated painting the hardware or adding rope handles instead, but it seems the brass/gold finishes are coming back into style so I decided to just forego all of the work and just use the untouched originals.

In the near future I plan on using a method to fix all the dents and scratches on the drawer fronts using 3/4 cup of oil & 1/4 cup vinegar to restore the wood. Lets see how that goes.

Here is a tip when spray painting:

I always start on one side of the piece and spray in one continuous motion until I reach the other side of the object. I have noticed if you spray and back forth you will get runs very very easily. And hey if you miss a spot you can always get it on the second coat so don’t fret.

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How do you think the dresser turned out? Please comment below and thank you for reading today’s blog post.

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